"With the International Space Station (ISS) now in orbit, a new era of space exploration and discovery has opened. The ISS brings exciting, new opportunities for U.S. industry and economic benefits for people on Earth. This ISS Space Commercialization CD provides you with information regarding the ISS and opportunities for industry." (From back cover.)
To stimulate interest in using conducting private/corporate/commercial research on the ISS and in low Earth orbit, NASA released this CD, with background "on ISS commercial development, Space Product Development, and NASA Commercial Space Centers. The CD provides information to assist industry in understanding ISS commercial opportunities, capabilities, and activities."
The CD includes video, a full copy of the commercial.nasa.gov web site, documentation about the space station's capabilities circa January 2001, and a 3D virtual model of the ISS, built using the first-generation Unreal game engine.
This particular copy of the Space Commercialization CD-ROM was signed by the developers of the Virtual International Space Station model.
Some technical notes:
This a hybrid Mac/Windows CD-ROM.
The QuickTime videos included were encoded using the Cinepak video codec (cvid), which is not included in modern versions of OS X or QuickTime. Alternative playback software, such as VLC, will be required.